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Social Psychology Quarterly
Vol. 51, No. 3 (Sep., 1988), pp. 213-224
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2786920
Page Count: 12
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This research demonstrates that contextual information plays a significant role in determining evaluations of just reward levels and degrees of injustice. Under specific conditions, assimilation effects are shown to bias justice evaluations toward a reference "anchor"; contrast effects bias judgments away from contextual anchors. Five vignette experiments are reported; taken together, they demonstrate predicted contrast and assimilation effects for judgments of degrees of injustice and estimates of just reward levels.
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